16 stages Tottenham fans went through as everyone else wanted Leicester to win the league

Last summer you could have quizzed pretty much any Tottenham fan on their hopes for this season and they would have all replied with the same demand: Champions League football.

However, a year is a long time and so, despite easily achieving a top-four finish and even briefly flirting with a title bid, Spurs fans may feel a little aggrieved at their side's third-place finish.

Here are 16 emotions that Spurs fan Joe Nerssessian and near enough every other Tottenham supporter experienced at some point this season - from the more Spursy to the Deli-Alli-icious.
1. Argggghhh!

Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring against Tottenham
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The exasperated sound let out by every Tottenham fan following the opening day defeat at Old Trafford. A Kyle Walker own goal separated the sides and we geared ourselves up for another frustrating season.
2. Will we ever win a game?

Tottenham players look dejected after drawing with Stoke
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Three straight draws followed that United defeat with Tottenham throwing away leads against Stoke and Leicester. Being winless after four games left us worried - the last time we started this poorly was under the forgettable Juande Ramos in 2008-09.
3. Will we ever lose a game?

Pow. Take that! After stumbling through our opening four fixtures, a 1-0 win over Sunderland became part of an incredible 14-match unbeaten run that lasted until December. At the pub, on Twitter and even when we were sleeping, Spurs fans couldn't stop talking about the club's longest unbeaten run in the Premier League era.


4. Harry Kane isn't a one-season wonder!

That blissful feeling when Harry Kane scored his first goal of the season against Man City in September was captured perfectly by the main man himself.

5. Business as normal.

Newcastle celebrate beating Tottenham
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The 14-match unbeaten run was ended by struggling Newcastle in one of the most Spursy performances of the season. Spurs fans know this feeling of raised expectations and crushing disappointment too well. They feared the worst.
6. We're going to win the league!

Harry Kane celebrates scoring for Tottenham
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Pochettino and the players' reaction to losing against Newcastle was to put together a series of impressive victories in both the league and FA cup (a 1-0 loss to Leicester aside). The club's 2-1 win against Man City left supporters delirious and the annual target of securing a top-four finish was dropped for higher ambition. Spurs fans were looking up, up up.
7. We're going to win the treble! Or double! Or something!?

Erik Lamela celebrates scoring for Tottenham
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Not settling for a surprise title chase, unusually-positive Tottenham fans suddenly remembered we were still in the Europa League after an impressive performance away to Fiorentina. The sense of positivity grew when we also noticed the FA Cup draw was being unnaturally kind and a treble was *technically* on the cards.
8. Keep calm, we need to focus on the League anyway.

Although disappointed crept in after our submission to Crystal Palace in the FA cup and Dortmund in the Europa League, critical supporters were few and far between. The title, and finishing above Arsenal, seemed the bigger, more feasible prize.
9. North London derby time and a sense of overwhelming fear.

Spurs were 1-0 down at half-time in a match that always feels like the biggest of the season, no matter what the situation. Fans were feeling hard done by.
10. We're going to beat Arsenal!

Harry Kane celebrates scoring against Arsenal
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But a red card for Francis Coquelin and a Harry Kane wonder strike to put Spurs 2-1 up left us feeling like....
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11. Frustration.

Mauricio Pochettino and Arsene Wenger on the sidelines
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An Alexis Sanchez strike earned 10-man Arsenal a draw. A familiar feeling of frustration at our failure to kill games off came flooding back.
12. Arghhh. When will Leicester slip up?

Claudio Ranieri on the sidelines
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During March and April Claudio Ranieri's men put together a series of 1-0 wins, sending them well clear at the top of the table. The title seemed one step too far for our young team.

13. We love you Jon Moss... kind of.

Jamie Vardy shows his anger after being sent off by Jon Moss
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Spurs fans were probably the only people celebrating when Jon Moss sent off Jamie Vardy against West Ham - a glimmer of hope for our title challenge. Although awarding a dodgy last minute penalty for Leicester to equalise soon had us shouting at Mr Moss through the telly.

14. Why Dele Alli, why?

After a seamless performance at Stoke, we stumbled against West Brom and again showed off our inability to kill a game off at 1-0. Alli's immaturity and subsequent suspension meant we were feeling pretty blue entering the final weeks of the season. Title hopes began to fade.

15. No words to describe. Just, pure, haunting, horrifying Spursiness.

Toby Alderweireld looks dejected after a Tottenham defeat
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The last few weeks of the season are still too raw to discuss, particularly after our final day drubbing.

There isn't a football fan on the planet who can't relate in some way to how we're feeling, but simultaneously it also always feels like my club manages to repeatedly find a unique approach in offering fraudulent belief.

A third-place finish would have been fantastic in August, but hopes and dreams change within a season and to still have to experience the-day-that-shall-not-be-named at the hands of Arsenal and their undesirable fans was naturally detestable.

16. Ending on a high because otherwise I'm just a less popular Andy Tait.

Mauricio Pochettino waves to the Tottenham fans
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It's important to remember where we were before Pochettino took over.

A side that resembled a jumble of items thrown together from a boot sale have matured into a young, eager team with an obvious philosophy.

Second or third, both guarantee Champions League football and, with it, the possibility of signing top players. The future looks bright.

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